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Fires of Fortune
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 075533213X, Paperback)International bestseller Patricia Shaw's enthralling epic novel is published for the first time in trade paperback with a stunning new package. RIVER OF THE SUN revealed the indomitable spirit of former slave girl Diamond. Now her intrepid son faces his own struggle for survival! As a boy, Ben Beckman is sheltered from the harsher aspects of life by his Aborigine mother Diamond, who is all too familiar with the prejudice rife within Brisbane society. He is unaware that his father is the ruthless Ben Buchanan, a prominent figure in the state political scene. Then one appalling night Diamond's life comes to an end. Crazed with grief, Ben vandalises his neighbour Dr Thurlwell's mansion -- as the doctor refused to tend his mother. Ben's actions are to have tragic consequences...Over hard years, Ben's hatred for Dr Thurwell deepens. The girl next door is Phoebe Thurlwell, whom Ben has known all his life. When she offers the hand of friendship he is still motivated by a bitter feud with her parents. Phoebe is sent away to a friend's cattle station to remove her from Ben's influence, but he follows. There he comes face to face with his own father, a far more dangerous adversary than he ever thought possible!
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As a boy, Ben Beckman is sheltered from the harsh realities of life by his Aborigine mother, Diamond. She will do anything to protect him from both the bigotry of others and the mystery of his father. But Ben's carefully constructed world shatters one evening when Diamond lies dying, and the wealthy Dr. Thurwell next door refuses to treat her because of her color. Crazed with grief and lashing out at a world he never realized existed, Ben vandalizes Dr. Thurwell's mansion. This time, however, Diamond is not there to protect her son, and Ben must face the tragic consequences alone. Through the following difficult years, Ben's hatred of Dr. Thurwell grows. Becoming as wealthy and influential as the doctor does not satisfy Ben's need for revenge, so he decides to tear apart Dr. Thurwell's family just as the man destroyed his. Ben and Phoebe Thurwell, the doctor's daughter, grew up next door to each other. When they meet again as adults, Phoebe offers the hand of friendship to Ben. But Ben is still motivated by his bitter feud with her parents.
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